Ijaw Youths Council laments over insecurity, kidnapping, killing in Bayelsa

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The Ijaw Youth Council on Thursday expressed concern over what it described as the rising incidents of kidnapping, killing and other violent crimes in Bayelsa State.

The council stated that it was disturbing that cases of abductions and other violent crimes were surging in the state despite the huge support given to the security agencies by the administration of Governor Douye Diri.

The national spokesman for the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, who stated this during a press conference in Yenagoa, recalled that the state government had in December 2021 strengthened the Operation Doo Akpo with 50 brand new operational vehicles, 40 motorbikes and other security gadgets to fight crime and criminality in the state.

He also noted that the administration had earlier in June 2021 donated 14 operational vehicles to the security agencies to support the improvement of the security situation in the state.

Ekerefe said the security organisations had been trying their best to secure Bayelsa but they were not doing enough to protect lives and property, adding that apart from the patrol vans and security gadgets the state government had been assisting them financially.

According to him, the heightened challenge of insecurity was also traceable to the porous borders of the state which, he said, were not adequately policed against the perpetrators of crimes.

He said, “As Ijaw Youth Council, we find it difficult to believe that the security agencies are not doing their job effectively. People come here (Bayelsa) and kidnap people with impunity. Nobody has been arrested or made to pay for the crimes they have committed. So, the criminals are emboldened to perpetrate these crimes.

“The Bayelsa State Governor as a matter of policy has governed the state in a way that accommodates every shades of opinion and political interests, including encouraging the private sector for businesses to thrive in the state.

“Today, it is quite unfortunate that despite the logistics support being provided by the governor and government of Bayelsa State, those who are saddled with the responsibility of policing our communities and environment are not taking their job seriously.

“This is not to say that there are no security agents that are doing their best, but we believe that their best is not good enough. The question we are asking is, despite the huge resources approved for security agencies in the state by the governor of the state, available evidence suggests that the morale of the rank and file is very low.”

The IYC called on the state government to convene a security summit to holistically address the security problems plaguing the state by all relevant stakeholders.

It also pointed out that the security of lives and property could not be left for the government and security agencies alone, stressing that all stakeholders, including traditional rulers, community development committees and youths, among others, have a role to play in the security of the society.

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